Janet Sterman forwarded the following:
The Newton Board of Aldermen has held several committee meetings to consider passing a moratorium that could prevent a dispensary from opening there. The current proposal being considered would put the moratorium in place until March 2014. Some public officials have emphasized that they support a dispensary locating in Newton, and that they intend to remove the moratorium before March and replace it with sensible regulations.
My concern is that once a moratorium is in place, there is no guarantee it will be removed in time for a dispensary to get licensed to locate here. A moratorium which extends until March could be interpreted as local opposition to dispensaries by the state Department of Public Health (DPH). DPH will be more likely to issue licenses for dispensaries siting in cities and towns where moratoriums are set to expire before January, 2014. This is why it is important that any moratorium in Newton does not extend past December.